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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dnestr Withdrawal Call

CHISINAU, Moldova -- The presidents of Moldova, Ukraine and Romania have urged Russia to withdraw its troops from a rebel region in Moldova, an official statement said Friday.

"We express our concern ? and plead for a peaceful and definitive solution" to the problems in the Transdnestr region, said a document signed by the three presidents, who were holding a summit.

Presidents Petru Lucinschi of Moldova, Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine and Emil Constantinescu of Romania said an agreement signed Thursday a trilateral cooperation expressed their concern about the conflicts in the region.

Transdnestr, a sliver of land in eastern Moldova with a population of 700,000 mainly ethnic Russians and Ukrainians, declared independence in 1990 fearing that Moldova, dominated by ethnic Romanians, would seek to reunite with neighboring Romania.